Tomi Stefanovski is a Macedonian long distance swimmer. He competed on the FINA Open Water Circuit between 1997 and 2016. He has been inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
The Macedonians, also known as Macedonian Slavs, Slavic Macedonians, or Slavo-Macedonians, are a South Slavic ethnic group native to the region of Macedonia. They speak the Macedonian language, a South Slavic language. About two thirds of all ethnic Macedonians live in North Macedonia and there are also communities in a number of other countries.
FINA or Fédération internationale de natation is the international federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for administering international competition in water sports. It is one of several international federations which administer a given sport or discipline for the IOC and international community. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Early in his career Stafanovski played water polo. After retiring from this sport he began competing in long distance open water swimming. He competed in his first FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race in 1997.
Water polo is a competitive team sport played in the water between two teams. The game consists of four quarters in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the ball into the opposing team's goal. The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins the match. Each team is made up of six field players and one goalkeeper. Except for the goalkeeper, players participate in both offensive and defensive roles. Water polo is typically played in an all-deep pool meaning that players cannot touch the bottom.
In 2009 Stefanovski swam across the English channel.
The English Channel, also called simply the Channel, is the body of water that separates Southern England from northern France and links the southern part of the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. It is the busiest shipping area in the world.
In 2013 Stefanovski won the race across Lac St Jean.
Lac Saint-Jean is a large, relatively shallow lake in south-central Quebec, Canada, in the Laurentian Highlands. It is situated 206 kilometres north of the Saint Lawrence River, into which it drains via the Saguenay River. It covers an area of 1,053 km2 (407 sq mi), and is 63.1 m (207 ft) at its deepest point. Its name in the Innu language is Piekuakami.
In 2014 Stefanovski participated in both long and short distance swims, and in both cold and warm waters. He won the Lac St Jean marathon (32 km) in Canada, came third in the Parana marathon (88 km) in Argentina, and also completed the Santa Fe (56 km) and Rosario (20 km) marathons in Argentina, the Capri-Napoli marathon (36 km) in Italy, the Ohrid marathon (30 km) in Macedonia, the Magog marathon in Canada, and the Cancun marathon (15 km) in Mexico. His Grand Prix Final Ranking that year was second place.
In 2015 Stefanovski swam in third place in the Ohrid Marathon; in 2016 he won that race. After placing third in the Lac St. Jean race and seventh in Italy, he was tied for first place in the 2016 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit with Edoardo Stochino of Italy
Edoardo Stochino is an Italian marathon swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 25 km race at the 2014 European Aquatics Championships.
Roberval is a city on the south-western shore of Lac Saint-Jean in the Le Domaine-du-Roy Regional County Municipality of Quebec, Canada. With a population of 10,227 in the Canada 2011 Census, it is the fourth largest city on this lake after Alma, Dolbeau-Mistassini and Saint-Félicien. It is the seat of the Domaine-du-Roy RCM and the main service centre for the region with a hospital and some government services. It is also the seat of the judicial district of Roberval.
Oussama "Ous" Mellouli is a Tunisian swimmer who competes in the freestyle and medley events. He is a three-time Olympic medalist, is an African record holder, and trains with the USC Trojans team based at the University of Southern California, where he studied as a computer science undergraduate and swam collegiately.
Petar Stoychev is a Bulgarian swimmer who is one of the most successful long distance marathon swimmers of the last decade. He is one of the greatest marathon swimmers of all time and an honor swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Stoychev has 11 consecutive wins of a major international open water marathon swimming FINA series since 2001 with more than 60 wins in individual swimming marathons. So far, he has swum over 60,000 km in pools, rivers, lakes, seas and oceans. Petar Stoychev has won 11 consecutive victories at the Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog in Magog, Canada (34 km) and at Lac Saint-Jean in Roberval, Canada (32 km). Also, he has won the Ohrid Lake, Macedonia swimming marathon 11 consecutive times (30 km). His swimming achievements include swimming around the Manhattan Island in 2010 and winning the extreme Cadiz Freedom Swim in 2011.
Marathon swimming is a class of open water swimming defined by long distances and traditional rules based in English Channel swimming. Unlike marathon foot-races which have a specifically defined distance, marathon swims vary in distance. However, one commonly used minimum definition is 10 kilometers, the distance of the marathon swimming event at the Olympic Games.
The Ohrid Swimming Marathon is an international Open water swimming competition, established in always taking place in the waters of the Ohrid Lake, Republic of Macedonia. The swimmers are supposed to swim 30 km from Sveti Naum to the Ohrid harbor.
The FINA Marathon Swim World Series, known as the 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup until 2017, is a series of 10-kilometer, open water swimming races held annually since 2007. Prior to 2007, 10K races were held as part of the FINA's Open Water Grand Prix series; post split, this latter series is now for races over 10 kilometers in length. Prizes and points are awarded for each race in the series, with the points being added together for an overall point standing.
Horacio Bernardo Guillermo Iglesias was an Argentine swimmer who won five world titles in professional marathon swimming. Between 1965 and 1975 he won 28 professional races throughout South America, the United States, Canada and Italy, and was ranked first or second each year. He was inducted as an honoree in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003.
Alexander Meyer is a former American competition swimmer who specialized in open water and long-distance swimming. He won a gold medal at the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in the 25-kilometer open water event. He was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team, and placed tenth in the 10-kilometer open water event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Alex won his final race before retirement, the 62nd Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean held on July 30, 2016.
Pilar Geijo is a Marathon swimmer from Argentina. She has won most of the world's greatest ultra-marathon swimming competitions: the 2010 Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog, the 2011 Maratona del Golfo Capri Napoli Marathon (36K), the 2010 16K FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix in Sumidero Canyon in Mexico, and the longest race in the world, the 88K Hernandarias-Parana FINA Grand Prix event (88K) in Argentina. She has won the FINA Grand Prix circuit in 2010 and 2011.
The swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 6 to 13 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. The women's open-water marathon was held on August 15, and the men's open water race on August 16 in Fort Copacabana.
Judith de Nijs is a Dutch swimmer. After setting a European record in the 400 m medley event in 1961 she shifted to marathon swimming and was ranked world No. 1 in 1964–1968 and 1970. For her achievements she was inducted to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
Johannes "Johan" Schans is a retired Dutch swimmer. He competed in the 200 m and 4×200 m freestyle events at the 1968 Summer Olympics, but failed to reach the finals.
Allan Lopes Mamédio do Carmo is a Brazilian swimmer, who specialized in open water marathon. He is considered one of the fastest professional open water swimmers in the world, finishing near the top of FINA World Cup races for the 10 km marathon. He also won a bronze medal for his category at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Yevgeny Yuryevich Drattsev is a Russian swimmer, who specialized in open water marathon. He is considered one of the fastest professional open water swimmers in the world, finishing near the top of FINA World Cup races for the 10 km marathon. He also won two medals for the 5 and 10 km open water marathon at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
The men's marathon swimming over a distance of 10 kilometres at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place on 16 August at Fort Copacabana.
The women's marathon swimming over a distance of 10 kilometres at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place on 15 August at Fort Copacabana.
Jade Dusablon is a Canadian long-distance swimmer from Quebec City, Quebec. Dusablon won a gold medal in the women's open water 5 km swim at the Fran Crippen Cup. She finished 4th at the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. She won a silver medal in the 10 km event at the 2011 FINA World Cup in Lac Mégantic and added a 10 km silver in 2013 at the World Cup in Lac St-Jean.
Jordan Wilimovsky is an American competitive swimmer who specializes in open water swimming. At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Wilimovsky won the gold medal in the 10 km open water event, thus qualifying him for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Wilimovsky won by a margin of 12.1 seconds over the second place finisher Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands.
Claudio Plit is an Argentine swimmer who won four world titles in professional open water swimming and was inducted as an honoree in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, USA, in 2014.